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Indian Point transformer discharged 11,356 litres of oil into Hudson


 USA, New York: Following the 9 May transformer failure at Indian Point Unit 3 in the suburbs of New York, preliminary estimates indicate that about 11,356 litres of dielectric fluid from the failed transformer have entered the Hudson River, revealed the plant owner Entergy.

Entergy personnel continue working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to investigate and mitigate the environmental impact of dielectric fluid on the river. A telephone hotline and email have been established for the public to help locate any potential oil sheen, reports PR Newswire.

The failed transformer held approximately 91,000 litres of dielectric fluid, which did not contain PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls).

Entergy continues to investigate the cause of the transformer failure. In the meantime, engineers are working to restore Indian Point Unit 3 to continued safe, reliable operations and are in the process of installing a replacement transformer.

Source: PR Newswire